The person that carries this EDC is personal defense and survival minded. Always prepared for the worst, this individual believes the tools they carry will assist them to be prepared for emergency situations.
1. Mystery Ranch 2-Day Assault
A scaled down version of Mystery Ranch’s popular 3-Day Assault pack, the 2-Day fits an everyday urban lifestyle and features their signature 3-zip design which provides ready access to the pack’s contents. An integrated floating computer sleeve is included.
2. Princeton Tec SNAP
The SNAP is a one-stop tool for your lighting needs. It’s a headlamp, flashlight, bike light, safety flasher, lantern and magnetic area light. SNAP’s head unit is removable from the headlamp bracket for multiple uses.
3. Wiley-X Compass
These sunglasses feature a removable facial cavity seal that protects eyes from fine dust, pollen, irritants as well as peripheral light. Its lenses are made of shatterproof Selenite polycarbonate that meet the MIL-PRF-32432(GL) ballistic impact protection standards.
4. Leatherman Crater C33TX
The Crater C33TX is a compact pocket knife that includes a combo straight/serrated blade, two screwdrivers and a carabiner/bottle opener. It is an efficient use of space that serves multiple uses.
5. SureFire Aviator
This dual-output flashlight provides both a primary white LED and a secondary colored LED in one sealed head. Simply pull and twist Aviator’s selector ring to set it to white or a colored light. The secondary LED is available in Amber, Blue, Red and Yellow-Green.
6. Pull Start Fire
Start your campfire quickly and easily, even if it’s snowing or pouring rain. Pull Start Fire is eco-friendly, burns 2.5 times hotter than other fire starters and lasts a full 30 minutes. Simply pull its string to light up your firewood, even if the wood is wet or frozen.
MSRP: $18 (3-pack)
7. PocketUp Cruz Pack
Designed as a mini lumbar pack used to carry your essentials in absolute comfort, the Cruz Pack fits tight into your lower back where it feels like it becomes a part of you, unlike traditional waistpacks that hang with no real support. Its interior features slot pockets, elastic loops, and a zippered mesh pocket.
8. Pelican R20 Ruck Case
Pelican’s famous hard case, downsized for personal storage. This utility case keeps your personal gear secure. It’s crushproof, dustproof and adventure-proof. Its interior features plenty of organization options that keep your EDC items organized and protected.
9. Smith & Wesson M&P 9
Designed for personal, sporting, and professional use, the M&P is a striker-fire, semi-automatic polymer pistol that features an extended stainless-steel chassis and a low barrel bore axis for reduced muzzle rise and faster aim recovery.
MSRP: $599 (M2.0)
10. Tenicor Velo Holster
Tenicor’s holsters are available for a variety of pistols in a plethora of configurations. Its precision fit line of holsters are built from CAD designs and CNC machined tooling. The holsters are made in the USA and include a lifetime guarantee.
MSRP: starting at $77
11. Ekster Parliament Wallet
The Parliament is a leather smart wallet, perfect for slim storage and quick card access. The built-in aluminum cardholder fans out your cards at the click of a button and its RFID-blocking technology protects them against skimming. A tracker card is available to make it unlosable.
12. Datrex Emergency Water
Datrex emergency drinking water pouches are individual servings of purified water, bagged in specially designed polymer-foil pouches. Perfect for both emergency and non-emergency situations where clean drinking water is unavailable.
MSRP: $31 (8L/64 bags)
Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared in the EDC Buyer’s Guide Winter, 2020 print issue of American Survival Guide.